Pro-Life Gains Hopeful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Cincinnati, OH), November 10, 2016: From Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati’s Legislative Consultant, Barry Sheets:
November 8th, 2016 will be a day that will go down in the history books (if not the record books also) for being a sea-change in national politics. Against just about every prediction from both the right and the left, the Donald Trump-Mike Pence ticket prevailed and have been elected to be the next Presidential team to ascend to the White House in January 2017.
This is great news for pro-life advocates, as the specter of a Planned Parenthood-endorsed Hillary Clinton as chief executive will now not materialize, and perhaps never will. A second stinging defeat to “make history” may signal the end of the Clinton brand on the national political stage.
A number of politicos made grave projections regarding the fall-off down ticket from Trump. Exactly the opposite occurred nationally, and especially in Ohio, with many pro-life Congressional and Statehouse candidates being very successful. The Trump ticket won Ohio with a commanding 8.5 percentage point advantage, driven directly by turnout in rural and Appalachian counties.
This turnout also saw additions to the Ohio General Assembly’s Republican majority. Earlier predictions in the late summer from around the Statehouse saw a potential loss of 5-7 House seats for the majority. Instead, the current 65 member Republican caucus added a 66th member for the 132nd General Assembly when pro-life candidate Jay Edwards won in the 94th District, which includes liberal Athens County.
Many solid pro-life gains were made with the addition of stalwart pro-life Representatives-elect Candice Keller, Wes Goodman, Dick Stein, Derek Merrin, Larry Householder, Scott Wiggam and Jay Edwards to join a growing pro-life caucus within the Republican conference.
The Ohio Senate also benefited from the Trump phenomenon, picking up a formerly reliable Democrat 30th Senate district as businessman Frank Hoagland used Clinton’s unpopularity in the district to wrest the seat from incumbent Lou Gentile. This gives the Senate a 24-9 majority in the chamber, the largest in history.
For pro-life policy, the windfall that was Election day should bode well for the lame-duck session and on into the 132nd General Assembly. Still to be completed is a bill to prohibit the dumping of unborn babies’ bodies (Senate Bill 254), as well as ensuring that Ohio doesn’t move forward with adopting a “Death with Dignity” assisted suicide measure promised by liberal pro-abort members prior to the election.
Pro-life advocates should be ready for a strong fight during the 132nd Assembly, as these new majorities can translate into significant and relevant pro-life gains, as long as pro-life advocates and grassroots keep up the encouragement for bold pro-life actions in the wake of this significant election.